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Amnesty International given lessons by the HAT!!

In Freedom, Politics on June 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Irony of irony, the major Lilyson, member of the National Committee of Investigation- Cellule Nationale Mixte d’Enquête (CNME) did not hesitate to tell Amnesty International representatives who are currently investigating in Madagascar that the country” has no lessons to take” from the Organization, reports Madagascar Tribune. Major Lilyson has been reportedly saying that “Nobody is as respectful of Human Rights as Malagasies.” He then pointed out at Guantanamo Bay and the Israelo-Palestinian conflict.

However, making headlines of L’Express de Madagascar, Midi Madagascar and Madagascar Tribune are new arrests of at least 10 leaders of the ‘legalistic” group, which is the opposition group. The wife of an opposition media executive of Radio Fahazavana has also been “taken hostage” by the CNME. She would allegedly be freed upon her husband’s “reddition”. According to reports, these steps taken by the HAT on June 26, Independence Day in Madagascar, could be incendiary. It has been followed by violent street protests.

Worth mentioning is the recent acquisition of three surveillance helicopters by the HAT and the creation of a new military body, the Special Intervention Force (FIS) head by majors Charles and Lylison. They were used to survey the opposition manifestations on this Hune 26. This is reported only by Madagascar Tribune. The members of the FIS group  are operating with a hood to be kept secret, and were part of the military parade at the June 26  celebration organized by the HAT, observed the same source.

For a few months now, all major medias in Madagascar have consistently reported that arrests and searches without warrant  of opposition groups and leaders have been proceeded by hooded militaries.

The HAT has taken over the country governing by facto for three months now. The crisis is unresolved. Mediation talks are at a stalemate according to the latest reports. International mediators are re-routing negotiations under new leadership.


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